Matthew Fischer – Canada

matthew2Matthew Fischer is a proud Two-Spirited Mi’kmaq member of the Qualipu First Nation in Newfoundland. He has traveled extensively within Canada and around the world. He has spent time in most of the provinces and two territories before finally making Vancouver his home for the past 25 years.

Matthew has a very responsible, expressive, inspirational and friendly personality. Expression comes to him naturally and he is rarely at a loss for words. In fact, he has to put forth effort at times to curb an over-active tongue! Matthew has been active in unionism using his voice and skills for those who face injustices in the workplace. Matthew now works as a Community Research Associate in health research involving Indigenous communities, people living with HIV and substance use, as well as a Peer Navigator at a local hospital’s Rapid Access Addiction Clinic. He spends time learning about his culture that he was denied for 40 years. He enjoys gardening, biking, games and, yes, long walks on the beach wishing for world peace!